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Seychelles, Praslin: Beaches & Coco de Mer

The Arrival At Mahe

The Departure To Praslin

As soon as I got off the Air Seychelles plane, I took in a cab to catch the Cat Coco Catamaran ferry from Mahe to Praslin, the second largest island in the Seychelles archipelago.

We arrive at the pier under a blazing sun at 9 plus a.m. I stay in the shade, patiently waiting to embark. What a light! Incredible blue sky and white clouds! I arrive in Praslin at 11.30 am, in a landscape of postcard with turquoise waters (photo above).

The crossing lasted an hour … of pure ecstatic contemplation of the Indian Ocean (with air-con)! In the taxi to go to the Coco de Mer hotel, I am surprised by the lush vegetation, steep road and small mountains. Like Mahé and La Digue, Praslin is a granitic island. 

The Charming Hotel

When arriving in the lobby of the Hotel Coco de Mer – Black Parrot Suites, I am attracted by the ocean view and the verdant gardens of this 200-hectare property.

The welcome is warm and friendly. Like Ash Behari, one of the owners and General Manager of the hotel (video below), all the staff are smiling and professional. It feels like visiting friends. 

And guess where the hotel gets its name from? According to a local legend about the Vallée de Ma! nature reserve: 

 

The Suites Black Parrot are located in the exclusive part of the hotel, on a small cliff with a pool offering a panoramic view of the ocean and beaches. My suite in pictures below.

The Island Tour

The Vallée de Mai

I really enjoy taking the road (taxi or rental) to visit the island at my own pace (sometimes exhausting for others, LOL). I am too eager for breathtaking scenery to stay on the beach of the hotel … 

Thanks to my need of action, I discovered stunning coves and beaches! Beware of currents in the water (they can be dangerous), the best is to inquire before bathing.

First stop under tropical rain: the Vallée de Mai, a primitive forest with six species of endemic palms. I have an appointment with the guide Shaun Larue for a detailed visit. He begins by explaining the formation of the Seychelles granite islands (video below). 

Oops I was about to forget ; ) The biggest seed of the world grows on the palm trees of the Valley of May nature reserve : the endemic iconic Coco de Mer (photo above).

 

     

Back On The Road

Anse Lazio

Crystal Clear Water

It doesn’t rain when I finally arrive at Anse Lazio considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. I agree, it is superb!

The quality of the very fine sand, the crystal clear water with emerald, turquoise and deep blue reflections, the rock blocks scattered here and there and the palms and vegetation with different green tones.

Unfortunately I don’t have time to swim. I have a ferry to take to another island. To be continued…

 

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Seychelles Tourism Board, Coco de Mer HotelAir Seychelles.

A guide to visit the Vallée de Mai: Shaun Larue, shaunlarue22@gmail.com, tel. (+248) 2595110.

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Many thanks the Seychelles Tourism Board, Air Seychelles and Coco de Mer Hotel for this beautiful invitation. Also thank you to Ash Behari and Shaun Larue. As always, these are my opinions.

Portugal, Évora: Vitória Stone Hotel

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Interior Design by Nini Andrade Silva

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Improvised Brunch


in the Vitória Stone Hotel roof terrace with Alentejo biscuits and cheese. Delighted, I discovered the panoramic view (just for me) of this Évora neighborhood without tourists (except for hotel guests) and close to the old city (ten minutes walk).

Blue sky and white clouds: high brightness this morning. After months of greyish skies, the shock (lol)! I have the feeling to “see” in new colors! The seats are distributed on different levels. Attracted by sight, I move at the top level and stay near the small infinity pool (photos below).

Leaving, I go in front of the original sauna with walls lined with cork. Cork represents the Alentejo. Besides, I should write a sauna guide, since my meeting with world champion saunas in the South Tyrol!

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The Room

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Small But Comfortable

I’ve always found the decorations of the famous interior designer, Nini Andrade Silva, even more glamorous at evening with the different lighting effects and mirrors.

My room reminds me of a David Lynch movies … in part because of the thick curtain covering the entire width of the wall and dressing.

The space is optimized especially in the minimalist white bathroom that stretches the length, wuith an XXL mirror. I like the shower with its simple details. Bedding is also impeccable. In the morning, you can benefit of the small balcony (hidden behind the curtain).

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The Hotel

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J’aime

the intimate arrangement of the common areas. It allows to meet with other clients. We chat sat in the comfy amchairs while looking at the giant photos of megaliths surrounding Évora. Photo above : lounge in the hotel lobby and bar (left photo below).

The restaurant looks nice too (unfortunately I dined in the old city), with a long table that undulates along the bay window (right below). The toilets are pretty unusual with a huge stone bin for handwashing, mirrors and shadows game. Great!

This small hotel is really glam and charming with a smiling efficient service. I felt great!

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Many thanks to Visit Alentejo and Visit Portugal to this beautiful invitation. Also thanks to the Vitória Stone Hotel and especially the reception team. As always, these are my opinions.

Vitória Stone Hotel à Évora

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Un hôtel décoré par Nini Andrade Silva

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Brunch improvisé sur la terrasse

du toit du Vitória Stone Hotel, avec des gâteaux secs et fromage d’Alentejo. Je découvre, ravie, la vue panoramique (rien que pour moi) d’un quartier d’Évora sans touristes (à l’exception des clients de l’hôtel), à dix minutes à pieds de l’intérieur des fortifications.

Ciel bleu, nuages blancs : la luminosité est particulièrement forte ce matin. Après des mois de grisaille, le choc (lol)! J’ai l’impression de “voir” à nouveau les couleurs! Les banquettes sont réparties sur différents niveaux. Tout en haut, se trouve la petite piscine à débordement, où je m’installe happée par la vue (photos ci-dessous).

En partant, je passe devant le sauna tapissé de liège, original. Le liège est un peu – beaucoup – ce qui représente l’Alentejo. D’ailleurs je devrais écrire un guide des saunas, depuis ma rencontre avec le champion du monde des saunas au Sud Tyrol! 

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La Chambre

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Petite mais très confortable

A mon sens, les décorations (- scénographies) de Nini Andrade Silva (que j’ai eu le plaisir d’interviewer l’an dernier), sont encore plus glamour le soir, avec ses jeux d’éclairage et mirroirs.

Ma chambre m’a fait penser à un film de David Lynch… en partie, à cause du rideau couvrant toute la largeur du mur et des rangements.

L’espace est optimisé : salle de bain blanche, minimaliste qui s’étire sur la longueur, le mirroir XXL. J’aime la douche avec ses détails simplissimes. La literie est aussi impeccable. Le matin, j’ai pu profité du petit balcon.

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L’hôtel

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J’aime

l’agencement intimiste des espaces communs qui se prête aux rencontres avec les autres clients. On discute dans d’originaux fauteuils, en admirant les photos géantes des mégalithes des environs d’Évora. Salons dans l’entrée de l’hôtel (photo ci-dessus) et bar (photo de gauche ci-dessous).

Le restaurant semble aussi très agréable (malheureusement j’ai dîné dehors), avec sa longue table qui ondule le long de la baie vitrée (photo de droite ci-dessous). Les toilettes sont insolites, comprenant une sorte de lavoir central géant en pierre, des jeux de mirroirs et de lumières basses.

Un petit hôtel très glam et charmant, où je me suis sentie super bien et qui m’a réconciliée avec les boutiques hôtels! En plus le service est top.

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Un grand merci à Visit Alentejo et à Visit Portugal pour cette superbe invitation. Merci aussi au Vitória Stone Hotel et tout spécialement à l’équipe de la réception. Comme toujours, ce sont mes opinions.